Eye on poll, Cong looks to cash in on stir - ECAS Punjab

Eye on poll, Cong looks to cash in on stir

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23

The disquiet among farmers over the passage of farm Bills has set the narrative for political parties ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections.

While the SAD is trying hard to regain its lost political space post Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation from the Modi Cabinet over the issue, the state Congress is trying to cash in on the sentiment within the agrarian community against both SAD and BJP.

"With the Congress-led government facing anti-incumbency, farmers' stir against the BJP-led government at the Centre may well work in favour of the Congress, pushing aside other key issues," says a senior Congress leader.

Other issues may take backseat

With the Congress-led government facing anti-incumbency, the farmers' stir against the Centre may well work in its favour, pushing aside other key issues. Congress leader

The Congress has started block-level gatherings to mobilise the farming community. On Monday, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Sunil Jakhar held a meeting with party MLAs to plan their programme to gather in Delhi on September 23 during the ongoing Parliament session.

"But with the BJP planning to end the session before that, the party is now reworking its 'March to Delhi' plan," said the leader.

The PPCC chief today wrote to the Haryana Chief Minister protesting denial of entry to their tractor rally, en route to Delhi, into the state yesterday.

Vowing to fight till his last breath to protect the interests of state farmers, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has already announced taking the BJP and its allies, including the Akalis, to court over the new "unconstitutional, undemocratic and anti-farmer" Bills of the Central Government. He has announced cancellation of FIRs against the farmers over the agitation.

Unmoved by the rhetoric, Sukhdev Singh Kokra Kalan, state general secretary of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), said the political parties had moved only after seeing the growing anger among the farmers.

Party rally in Mohali tomorrow

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee will hold a state-level rally at Chappar Chiri in Mohali on September 25. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will participate in the rally that will also be attended by ministers, MLAs and party leaders.

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